The Eclipses of Sagittarius and the Return of Varda

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The Eclipses of Sagittarius and the Return of Varda

Dear Friend and Reader:

As Jupiter and Saturn make their way through the last degrees of Capricorn — a tense, edgy and uncertain process — we get an infusion of energy from the Sun’s newborn passage through Sagittarius. The two largest planets enter Aquarius just before the solstice, and form their once-per-20-year conjunction on the solstice.

As that happens, the Sun is moving through Sagittarius. This sign is the home of two centers of our local universe: the core of the Milky Way Galaxy and its supermassive black hole, and the center of our galactic cluster, called the Great Attractor and sometimes called Laniakea or the Great Heaven. I cover both of these in a new video. Thanks to these deep-space placements, Sagittarius is unlike any other sign.

Sagittarius represents all things distant, exotic and spiritual. It is at once astonishing and not surprising that the ancient lore-masters knew this millennia before they understood that these deep-space points were located there. Still, we get the benefit in the form of the potential for an expanded vision and sense of quest so often associated with this sign.


Emergency staff in protective suits check the body of a man who collapsed and died in the street in Wuhan on earlier this year. The cause of death was not reported. Photo by Héctor Retamal/AFP.

Which Pandemic Are You Living Through?


I WONDER HOW MANY believers in the pandemic exist: not the pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of something that is actually happening now, but rather the one we were sold in February and March.

The problem we face today is that political leaders, vaccine makers, the media and a large portion of the population are living in the past, in a time before the crisis was understood and claims about it could be subject to verification.

Today, eight months after the first lockdown, we know more. It seems we know everything we need to know. At the beginning, I was cautious in my approach, assuming the worst. Now the data is in.

Yet how many people still live in the pandemic where 30% to 70% of the population would become infected, and up to 3% of those would die, resulting in the demise of many millions of otherwise healthy people? (The initial estimate was 2 million dead in the United States.) How many believe in the one where it was when, not if, every person would get sick?

How many still believe we have a novel virus loose — one never before seen, to which nobody is immune?

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When in doubt, blame a virus


Whenever people get sick, a virus is the presumed cause and convicted without trial. No matter how many pesticides or herbicides are sprayed on our food, no matter how much GMO we are fed, or toxins we’re exposed to — such as dioxin, PCBs, or nuclear radiation, it’s always a virus.

No matter how many food additives, or aspartame, or high-fructose corn syrup, or plasticizers, or how much air pollution, or EMF radiation we get from all directions (3G, 4G, 5G, WiFi, Bluetooth and 100 others), it’s always a virus. Poisons stockpiled under the sink? Indoor air pollution? It must be a virus.

No matter how many medications we are prescribed and pile on, which all have “side” effects and most of which compromise the liver and the immune system, a virus is always the convenient thing to blame, immediately, without actual inquiry, the moment anyone gets sick with anything.

Under this approach, the abundant toxins we consume are “proven” harmless. What this represents is denial of our toxic lifestyle, and blaming “nature” for problems that humans and in particular industry have caused. The virus never came from a lab, either. It all came from a bat who met a pangolin. Everything else is perfectly safe.

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What kind of world do you want?

“The body is everywhere assaulted by all of our new media, a state which has resulted in deep disorientation of intellect and destabilization of culture throughout the world. In the age of disembodied communication, the meaning and significance and experience of the body is utterly transformed and distorted.”

— Dr. Eric M. McLuhan

Dear Friend and Reader:

With the astrology now moving in the direction of Sagittarius and Aquarius, the floor is open for larger questions, the kind that influence collective reality. As far as I can tell, the question of our moment is, what kind of world do we want to live in?

What kind of society? What kind of culture, and what kind of community? More than any other factor, how would it feel, to be in the place you want to be?

All of us who have been involved with spiritual paths have encountered the notion that love and fear are the two choices that we have. Inherent in this idea is the deeper reality that you make that choice. No external factor makes a person “feel safe.” That is a personal choice.

People can feel safe in the midst of actual, life-threatening danger, and can feel threatened in an environment where there are no threats whatsoever. Most of us have experienced both of these conditions, where based on the actual circumstances, we should have felt one way but instead felt another.


Kamala Devi with her new book “52 Fridays”

November 19 | Interview with Tantric Teacher KamalaDevi

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This week, I have a stand-alone edition of Tantra Studio for you — an interview with KamalaDevi, author of a new book called 52 Fridays. The interview lasts about an hour, with a short intro, and a little music at the end from Vision Quest. We begin talking about what we both learned from Betty Dodson, and end up in a rather interesting space, on the topic of men and interior physical reality. We both disclose some of what we have learned along the Tantric journey. I think you will appreciate this discussion. You may reach Kamala at Please say you heard about her on Planet Waves FM.

Transitions in Progress — Sun Toward Sagittarius, Jupiter and Saturn Toward Aquarius

Dear Friend and Reader:

This is as quiet a week of astrology as they have come this year. In fact it may be the calmest and least eventful week in several seasons. I suggest taking a moment to appreciate the relative calm. While we’re here, this is a good time to prepare for some of the transitions that are on the horizon.

We have now experienced every major astrology event of 2020 except for Jupiter and Saturn ingressing Aquarius, and forming a conjunction in the first degree of that sign. As a refresher, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction happens once every 20 years. It last occurred in Taurus on May 28, 2000.

This article, The River of Night, captures the energy and the optimism of the pre-9/11 world. Make a note of how the feeling tone changed less than two years after this article was written.

Now try to recall the pre-Covid era, and what it was like being able to freely associate with your friends, go out, see live music, and travel freely. Never forget that, and do everything you can to remind yourself about the life that you had.


Dr. Thomas Cowan, left, and Dr. Andrew Kaufman, right, speaking in upstate New York on Sunday. The two presented a day of biology, virology, and approaches to healing. We were there. Photo by Eric Francis.

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…who were drafted into Covid education unplanned like the rest of us…two of the best presenters on many issues — gave a full-day virology/biology/germ versus terrain theory class today, upstate location, incredible space, far far into farm country in the back hills…rather large crowd and not a mask in sight. Hugs, potluck dinner, singing, questions and answers, discussion of the 9th Amendment and Section 4.4 of the Constitution’s main text. The underlying theme was spiritual: faith in the genius of creation that made the body, spoken of in the language of biology and other empirical science: talking about our health choices and the essential freedom to exist without bodily intervention from the government.

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All Of Us Here – Astrology for Our Moment

In honor of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, the 2021 Planet Waves annual readings are called ALL OF US HERE. These are audio readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs.

Your Pisces astrologer, on the air, late at night.

For the next few days, we will be offering all 12 signs of ALL OF US HERE for $88.These extended audio readings will synchronize you with the astrology of the forthcoming year.

They  include a video introduction wherein I describe the charts — done by Dec. 21, the day of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

There is also a separate written reading called AN AQUARIAN ERA for $88, which covers Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Aquarius from 2021-2023 – this is available for pre-order for all 12 signs. It is your best introduction to Pluto in Aquarius (2023-2044).

Jupiter conjunct Pluto, except that Pluto (if you could see it at all on this scale) is much closer to the size of that little tiny dot between them, which is one of Jupiter’s natural satellites.

A Sensitive Moment — Jupiter Conjunct Pluto, Mars Stations Direct: Of Matters Great and Small

Dear Friend and Reader:

As we covered Monday, today Jupiter is conjunct Pluto for the third and final time in this 13-year cycle. Friday, Mars stations direct in Aries for the first time since 1988. These occur on adjoining days, Thursday and Friday, November 12 and 13.

This is a rich moment astrologically and socially. Feel the changes that the world is going through. Feel the struggle to wake up. Feel the potential. Feel the truth coming to light. Though an inner-planet station or a conjunction are not rare events on their own, they are surrounded by so much other highly unusual astrology, that they are serving as vectors for much larger situations.

That is to say, these aspects, I reckon, will have a bigger influence than they ordinarily might. A whole lot of energy is loosening up right now, and much that was stuck or jammed will start to move. Together, these aspects seem like a moment of awakening. Yet they also confront us with the choice between the great and the small: what truly matters on a collective level, and what is a matter of only personal investment or attachment.


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Jupiter Conjunct Pluto, Mars Stations Direct

Dear Friend and Reader:

Before I get into this week’s astrology, I have a thought about the inner journey of which astrology is rightly a part.

The nature of the spiritual path is to question reality. That is, to question what seems to be reality, and to seek some underlying existence, some deeper truth. Once you make contact with that truth, you can live with it as an abstract concept, or you can bring it to the surface, and integrate it into your life.

Each one of these steps takes some courage, and what used to be called gumption: “common sense, shrewdness, acuteness of practical understanding.” It’s one thing to accept the principles of spirituality, and even to aspire to them. It’s another thing to put them to work in your actual existence, and to make your decisions on the basis of your training and practice.

The essence of all spiritual practice and training involves negotiating the relationship between love and fear. In what we think of as the “normal world,” fear prevails over just about everything. It’s the primary source of motivation. It’s the rationale for nearly all decisions. It is in itself the decision to pull in your awareness, to contract and to retreat.


Events of 2020 have turned the world into a biosecurity zone, and are in the process of making every last person on the planet into a security threat. Why exactly is it happening?

How Safe is Too Safe? How Safe is Dangerous?

Dear Friend and Reader:

With the election now over, maybe we can think about things that make a difference in our lives. First, whoever is declared the winner and takes office on Jan. 20 is tasked with doing his part to ensure that the United States remains a free society.


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Mercury Direct, the Election and the Asteroid Sauer.

Dear Friend and Reader:

This weekend I made a discovery related to Tuesday’s chart for Mercury direct. This, of course, is the day of and therefore the chart for the U.S. election. As I’ve mentioned a few times, the last time Mercury stationed direct on Election Day was in 2000, when George W. Bush lost, but still took office.

Because he actually lost Florida, Bush lost both the electoral vote and the ‘popular’ vote (meaning the vote), but was inaugurated anyway. Democracy — ain’t it grand!

Mercury at the moment it stationed direct on Nov. 7, 2000 (Election Day 2000), in an exact conjunction to Pallas, the asteroid of politics. This is the astrology of the stolen election. Mercury and Pallas both ave the number 29 next to them.

That was a genuinely extraordinary chart that I would love to teach in a mundane astrology seminar. Short story is, at the time the polls closed, Mercury was stationing direct conjunct asteroid Pallas (politics, law) in the very last arc minutes of the very last degree of Libra: hanging by a chad.

My old friend and very senior colleague, Jim Shawvan (famous for popularizing the phrases Mercury shadow and Mercury storm), predicted the events of the 2000 election as if he had copies of USA Today six months in advance. At least we had some entertaining astrology to help deflect the sting of Bush and Cheney stealing the election. It was not much consolation. But it was a great astrology lesson.

I remember that night. It felt like the bottom falling out of the world. Eleven months later was 9/11, the “galvanizing, Pearl Harbor-like event” at the outset of the 21st century. Then the bombing of Afghanistan. Then the bombing of Iraq, again.

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The Month You Don’t Forget & Your November Horoscope

Dear Friend and Reader:

Right now all astrology is heading in the direction of Aquarius. Jupiter and Saturn enter the sign of the Water Bearer and form a conjunction exactly on the solstice. This begins a new era of astrology — what I am calling the Aquarian Era, which we got a taste of in the spring, and which extends through 2044 as Pluto makes its way across this sign.

However, let’s acknowledge the tension of our moment. We have two inner planets about to station direct, with the United States hanging on a hook related to the election, and the world on a hook of government response to its pandemic. These combined with the daily grind of life is stressful, and many are feeling it.

We know from astrology that very, very large forces are at work on the planet. Any objective look at the world would tell you this as well. It’s just that people tend to have a short view of things, and don’t think much about global governance and how it affects them. I would be surprised if even 20% of people could name the mayor of the town or city they live in.

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All Of Us Here – Astrology for Our Moment

In honor of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, the 2021 Planet Waves annual readings are called ALL OF US HERE. These are audio readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs.

For the next few days, we will be offering all 12 signs of ALL OF US HERE for $88.These extended audio readings that will synchronize you with the astrology of the forthcoming year include a video introduction wherein I describe the charts — done by Dec. 21, the day of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

There is also a separate written reading called AN AQUARIAN ERA for $88, which covers 2021-2023 – is also available for pre-order for all 12 signs.

The Spectacular Halloween Full Moon

Dear Friend and Reader:

In the midst of so much other astrology, a rather alive Full Moon takes place on Halloween. To sum up, the Moon will be exactly conjunct the rebellious, electrical planet of surprises, Uranus. It is the perfect aspect for our moment, happening just days before the United States election.

Many who are sensitive to the energies experience the “thinning of the veil” this time of year. The veil is the scrim that separates the physical world from the astral. The thinning effect serves as a background to the Full Moon. This is the season where a diversity of cultures celebrate their version of Days of the Dead, where meetings with the ancestors are invited and facilitated. There are the more somber rituals (standing up for the dead) and the more celebratory ones (feasts in cemeteries).

This fits the central theme of Scorpio, which is about our biological and emotional experience of sex, reproduction, death, transformation and regeneration. You might think of Scorpio as the metabolic engine of astrology. If the astrological wheel were a cell, Scorpio would be the mitochondria.


An artist’s rendition of Pluto’s surface, and Pluto’s binary partner, Charon, on the horizon. Charon is not a moon; the barycenter, or center of gravity, exists outside either object. They orbit around a common point, not one around the other. Image credit: JHUAPL / SwRI

What Happened at the Last Saturn-Pluto Conjunction in Capricorn? By Spencer Stevens

The Jan. 12, 2020 Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn was exact just a few, short months ago, and we’re watching the results unfold right in front us. To help us more clearly understand the impact of Saturn, (authority and responsibility) joining with Pluto, (death, decay, and transformation) in the sign that represents the institutional structures that gird our lives, it may help to take a look at the last time these two met up in Capricorn.


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Scorpio and the Genome

Dear Friend and Reader:

While DNA was discovered in the 19th century, it was not until 1953 that James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix configuration that is now recognized as the sigil of life itself.

Lady Frieda Harris.
Lady Frieda Harris, the painter of the deck.

Between 1938 and 1943, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) and Lady Frieda Harris (1877-1962) created the Thoth Tarot. It started as a three-month project but took a little longer. The deck was not published until 1969, after its creators were long gone.

Thoth Tarot was a major evolution on the tarot in many ways. One is that it visually keyed the cards to astrological symbols. The cards have always had a connection to astrological symbols, though the whole point of the tarot was to be disguised as a game so that it would not be seen as an esoteric tool. The symbols were encrypted into the designs of the cards, and conveyed through numerology.

One of Crowley’s roles as an author and teacher was to turn the esoteric inside out. As part of that mission, he identified most major and minor arcana cards with astrological glyphs. There was never any doubt among those initiated into the tradition that the 13th card in the major arcana (Atu 13) was associated with Scorpio. But as with many things, he makes it plain.


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How to Change Your Mind

Dear Friend and Reader:

Sunday, I was contemplating where to begin discussion of this week’s astrology, when I noticed that on Monday, retrograde Mercury is opposite Uranus. Both are in fixed signs: Uranus in Taurus, Mercury in Scorpio. An asteroid is involved, which is Juno. The alignment is pin-perfect.

The combination of Mercury and Uranus has the feeling of a revelation. Uranus can feel like the stroke of inspiration, or the life-changing flash of insight. It is the patron of revolutionaries and inventors. Mercury is a local, accessible representative of awareness — in the words of Lord Krishna, the mind of the senses and the consciousness of creatures.

In mundane astrology, this aspect is a “surprise news” type of thing. It might also pertain to unusual technological oddities occurring during the retrograde*.

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Dr. Peter Breggin appearing on the ABC program 2020. He has led campaigns against the use of psychiatric drugs in children, lobotomies and electroshock “therapy.” He is now a leading investigator into Covid-19. He is my guest on the forthcoming Planet Waves FM. Here is Dr Breggin’s Covid Resource Center.

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Center of Cyclone: The Illusion of Electoral Politics. Election and Inauguration Charts

The U.S. presidential inauguration is fixed by the Constitution, currently at noon on January 20 after an election. The chart is always Taurus rising with the Sun in the first degree of Aquarius, in the 10th house. On one level this is an image of how stable the presidency is, whether we are talking about the persistent quality of Taurus or the pattern-fixing quality of Aquarius.

The variables are the planets and the Moon. We get a rather strange chart for the inauguration of Jan. 20, 2021. I have been looking at this chart for years. It looks mean, with an exact conjunction of Mars and Uranus (which has the feeling of sudden, unexpected violence). In Taurus, Mars and Uranus could also represent an economic shock. It could also represent public outrage.

The 10th house of the presidency is loaded, with Mercury, Pallas, Jupiter, and Saturn along with the Sun. These are all in Aquarius. This will be the last inauguration with Pluto still in Capricorn. (The 2025 inauguration has the Sun conjunct Pluto in the 10th.)


Contemporary Indigenous communities in Eastern Oregon are working to keep first foods practices alive, as seen in the documentary film Native Wisdom: The Peoples of Eastern Oregon

Notes from the Eugene, OR Environmental Film Festival


Today, as the earth splits beneath our feet, water is siphoned by human whims, and we are thrown unprepared into the ether of digital conditions, not all that is sane and good is lost. A vast resource is emerging to guide us as we balance on the brink of humanity’s coming of age. Taking their sovereign place in global leadership, Indigenous communities around the world are offering their traditional ecological and cultural knowledge to address the crises humans have manifested on the planet.

One Word Sawalmem and Native Wisdom: The Peoples of Eastern Oregon are two recent documentaries that bring this essential perspective to the general public. In both, we see a contemporary incarnation of Indigenous storytelling traditions. Through the medium of documentary film, One Word Sawalmem embodies twenty minutes of the Winnemem Wintu worldview with a single word. Its early moments blend the rhythms of human song, waters heaving in the San Francisco Bay, and cries of seagulls, compelling us to resonate with the message before we can even name it. The individual voice of Michael “Pom” Preston, narrator and co-director of the film, carries many voices.


New technology is sexy.

We now live in the age of the new planet Eris. This distant world is an influence that represents a special kind of chaos: the one we are soaked in right now. It’s been so long since we had any semblance of a different environment that it’s nearly impossible to see what we are experiencing for what it really is. Some may remember.

Retrograde Mars and Eris: The Central Alignment

Dear Friend and Reader:

This morning I dreamed I was walking around on a street corner, and hanging inside of a phone booth was a complete stack of set lists from a music tour that had ended the previous night. I looked through them with interest, curious why someone would go through the trouble of carefully making the lists, which were written on beautifully designed forms, and then leave them hanging somewhere. I took them and made them my own.

From the dream I received the message that one tour is over and complete, another is soon to begin. I am in Montauk at the moment, reflecting on everything that has happened this year, something few of us have had a chance to do.

We now live in the age of the new planet Eris. This distant world is an influence that represents a special kind of chaos: the one we are soaked in right now. It’s been so long since we had any semblance of a different environment that it’s nearly impossible to see what we are experiencing for what it really is. Some may remember.

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Harry Truman holds up the Chicago Daily Tribune, announcing his defeat. Photo by Paul Richards.

The Election of 2020: It’s Showtime, Folks

Dear Friend and Reader:

Frank Zappa is reputed to have said, “Politics is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.” This may seem cynical, and as a lifelong observer of politics (since the 1972 election, when I was 8), I have long pondered this idea.

What Frank really said in a 1987 interview with Keyboard magazine is, “I say politics is the entertainment branch of industry, and government is what we need. We have a diverse population in the United States, with all kinds of different needs that have to be taken care of. That is the righteous function of government.”

The misquote and the real one amount to the same thing. Politics is a distraction from what is really happening in industry. The business of America is business. On his way out of office in 1960 and 1961, Pres. Dwight Eisenhower famously (and repeatedly, three times by my count) warned of the “military-industrial complex,” as he called it, spreading its influence everywhere, down to every school board in the nation. He meant that the priorities of industry, driven by government contracts and a military mentality would, if not blocked, take over all of civilian life.

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Mars retrograde in Aries is the final transition, the emotional, psychological and experiential bridge, to the last event of 2020: Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius. Mars retrograde represents the work of individuation and of self-actualization that will make the group experience in Aquarius more relevant and more easily workable.

Borrowing a line from Lou Reed, “Self-knowledge is a dangerous thing — the freedom of who you are.” Dangerous perhaps to a way of life that involves allowing yourself to disappear and be insignificant. Mars retrograde in Aries invites boldness and embodiment and the exploration of your will. Order here for instant access, or choose your individual signs here

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